by David DeFord
Motivation is very much like our bodies—without consistent nourishment it dies. We must see that we consistently feed our motivation with uplifting material and people. Dr. Stephen Covey calls it sharpening the saw. Taking the time to sharpen the saw increases our productivity and eases the effort. By doing so, we can continuously make progress toward goal achievement.
This nourishment can take many forms:
• Discussion groups and forums
• Audio programs
• Live seminars
Just as you should eat a balanced diet, so you should nourish yourself with a variety of sources for motivational energy. At the end of this chapter, I have provided links to some of my favorite authors and resources.
For hundreds of years, books have brought inspiration and instruction to billions. Those who live the TV existence vegetate their way around wonderful inspiration. Books teach us, inspire us, entertain us, and can build in us the passion we need to nail our goals.
If we obtain and study books that help us lift ourselves and build our skills, we position ourselves to achieve the greatness we seek. Every author has his own perspective. By reading a variety of subjects and authors, we can take from each the teachings that apply to ourselves.
For me, books represent my favorite means for nourishment.
We now have the added opportunity to obtain eBooks. We can purchase these books online and immediately download them onto our own computers. Some can then be loaded onto our PDAs for portability. You may wish to read eBooks directly from your monitor, or you may choose to print them out and read them.
To introduce you to eBooks, here is a free one--a classic by James Allen.
~~~~~~~~~ Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life ~~~~~~~~~
It's the book that's changed the lives of millions.
Download a FREE eBook - James Allen's "As A Man Thinketh."
"I have personally read As a Man Thinketh over 25 times."
- Mark Victor Hansen, co-author, the Chickeen Soup books
Download it FREE today at http://www.AsAManThinketh.net?ea"
Magazine articles can provide you with good motivational nourishment on a single subject. Often, these articles point you to resources available from various sources.
No matter the subject, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of websites covering it. Most of these provide the information to you at no charge. Some websites provide premium memberships that give you access to more detailed information. Most often, the site will point you to resources you can purchase. Either, the site allows you to purchase the resources at their site, or they link you to an affiliate site that pays them for the referral.
Websites can be excellent sources of motivational nourishment. Find a few that you trust, and return to them often. Every few months, search around for additional sites.
Subscribe to one or two. It will only cost you a few dollars a year, and will give you access to hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects.
Want a regular infusion of energy and information? Subscribe to a few e-zines. These publications come to you via email at no charge. Many of them are well-written and insightful. They feature an article or two in each issue, as well as inspirational quotes and stories. And, like websites, they offer resources for purchase.
Select three or four, and read them when they come. It may take you ten to fifteen minutes to read them, but they can provide you with the energy infusion you need to keep focused on your goals.
Of course I am partial to Ordinary People Can Win. And I hope you are benefiting for subscribing to and reading it.
Discussion Groups or Forums
You can link up with like-minded people who are working to nail their goals, just like you. In discussion groups, participants chat with each other, propping each other up, and providing encouragement. To join the discussion you send an email with your comments to an email address that forwards it to all members of the group.
From these groups, you can often get ideas for moving past roadblocks to your progress. But pick them carefully—some discussion groups can fill your inbox with dozens of emails filled with nothing but idle chatter.
Another discussion option is the forum. When you join these groups, you go to a website that hosts the discussion. You see the comments of others on the webpage, and can add your thoughts as well.
The advantage of the forum over the discussion group is that you can choose whether to participate or not. You take the active step of going to the website, rather than receiving dozens of emails. Of course, most discussion groups give you the option to receive a daily digest—one email that has all of the responses for the entire day.
In spite of the potential for discussions on useless froth, discussion groups and forums can provide you with help in keeping yourself on track.
Many personal development authors are also very accomplished speakers. Their programs are captured on cassette or CD for you to enjoy at your convenience. Listening to audio programs during your work commute provides a wonderful respite from talk radio and the news. They fill that windshield time with uplifting ideas. As with books, websites, and other resources, listen to a variety of them, rather than finding one personality you like and sticking with him or her.
Most of the audio programs discussed above are recordings of live seminars. Occasionally, you would do well to attend one of these events. These speakers transfer their highly-charged energy to the audience—providing them with insight and motivation.
This alternative can be quite expensive, so brace yourself. I have provided some of the best at the end.
Many personal development specialists, authors, website and e-zine owners provide tele-seminars at little or no cost. You register for the seminar, receive the phone number and access code, and join with hundreds of others in hearing speakers or panels discuss pertinent topics.
If you get the chance, join some of these. The speakers often open the lines for questions at the end of their presentations. They usually make their money by pointing you to their websites where they are featuring a special offer for those who participated.
"In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently." Anthony Robbins
"We can have more than we've got because we can become more than we are."
"It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development."
"What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage." Bruce Barton
"There are two ways to look at life and the world. We can see the good or the bad, the beautiful or the ugly. Both are there, and what we focus on and choose to see is what brings us feelings of joy or feelings of despair." Lloyd Newell
Personal Development Experts
Jim Rohn knows the secrets of success - in business and in life. He has devoted his life to a study of the fundamentals of human behavior and personal motivation that affect professional performance. He can awaken the unlimited power of achievement within you!
The remarkable combination of his personal style and his message does something to people that cannot be captured in a text description. The power that is behind his extraordinary effect on people is not found just in what he enables them to learn, but in what he makes them feel. Time spent with Jim Rohn, whether at a live seminar or through his audio and video programs, is an indescribable emotional journey that will expand your self-confidence, rekindle your determination to succeed and enrich your attitude - further intensifying your ambition to alter your life for the better.
Check out his books, audio programs, and live seminar schedule at:
Anthony Robbins is the "leader called upon by leaders." As the recognized expert in the psychology of peak performance, he has spent more than a quarter of a century serving people from more than 80 nations around the world. His success has been related to his ability to synthesize complex strategies and tools that immediately change the quality of people's lives and bring them to a mass audience in a way that is entertaining and empowering. He is an international best-selling author. His educational audio system, Personal Power, has sold more than 35 million tapes worldwide. His clients have included an extraordinary array of outstanding achievers, including Presidents of the United States, members of two royal families, Olympic and professional athletes, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and he has addressed distinguished audiences ranging from Britain's Parliament to the Harvard Business School.
See his offerings at: http://www.ordinarypeoplecanwin.com/anthonyrobbins.htm
Brian Tracy is one of the world's leading authorities on personal and business success. His fast-moving talks and seminars on leadership, sales, managerial effectiveness and business strategy are loaded with powerful, proven ideas and strategies that people can immediately apply to get better results in every area.
See his website at:http://www.performfirst.net/u/bt/t.asp?id=2067
John C. Maxwell, known as America's expert on leadership, is founder of the INJOY Group, an organization dedicated to helping people maximize their leadership potential. He is author of over 24 books.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He has written numerous bestselling books; has created a number of audios and videos; and has appeared on thousands of television and radio programs, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and Oprah. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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